By John Bloom
Offers a research of baseball card gathering within the higher Midwest from the overdue Eighties into the Nineties.
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The emotions are running wild, and for the few youngsters that aren't emotional that seem to be quite reserved, you know that their stomachs are kind of churning because their eyes are getting kind of big, because they can see all this and they have to make decisions. " or, "Would you like to look at my cards? " And I think that's where the idea of being an adult, father figure, whatever you want to call it, [is important]. You have to be patient with the younger people. Kevin eloquently and sympathetically described the tension between men and boys at shows.
The man agreed to this but frowned and shook his head as the boy walked away. Some collectors I interviewed felt that the kind of bargaining in which this boy engaged was symbolic of a lost innocence, and others simply found it annoying. A twenty-six-year-old engineer who dealt nearly every weekend framed the behavior of children at baseball card shows as a metaphor for what he saw as society's deteriorating standards and traditional values: Everything's so different nowadays than when we were kids.
But you have the responsibility to the child. 33 Venues of Exchange and Adult Collecting Well, as an entrepreneur, on the other side of that table, the fact that you set up your wares, your product on that table, you really should try your best to be decent to the person on the other side. Because after all, they are the ones that are more or less making it worth your while to be there.... I do get tired of the child stopping at the table, has a box, a binder of cards. But how else are you going to get started?